In running for top little venue award

HEBDEN Bridge Trades Club has made it through to the finals of the NME Small Venue of The Year award only days after a gig by superstar poet and songwriter Patti Smith sold out in minutes.

The Hebden Bridge club secured the North West nomination beating off stiff competition from much bigger clubs in Manchester and Liverpool thanks to votes from the local community.

“When we decided to run the Trades knew we needed votes from our members and supporters right along the Calder Valley, so we’re delighted so many people rallied round to get us into the final at our first attempt,” says entertainment manager Mal Campbell.

“Bands tell us they love playing here, but this is an incredibly competitive race so to even make the shortlist is a huge achievement, and now we have a real chance of picking up this prestigious award.”

Making the final is recognition of the club’s long standing support for live music over the last 30 years, and a recent run of sell out gigs at the Holme Street venue that is run by local volunteers.

As well as pulling off a major coup booking Patti Smith the club has also played host to packed gigs by folk royalty The Unthanks, psychedelic rocker Julian Cope and an exclusive solo show by I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell.

The club is also being honoured for its work supporting local bands and DJs across a range of popular club nights.

Mal said the nomination was really for all the Calder Valley people who had supported the club through thick and thin over the years.

The club will find if they have scooped the national prize when the judges make their announcement on May 8.